Thursday, April 23, 2015

'And the Lord hears them' - even with aphasia

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
-Psalm 34:17-18

"Righteous" can be a scary word. In this context, David was talking about those who were following God. And God loves and accepts even those imperfect followers like me. (And you!)

The last post was about aphasia, a language problem that can be the result of a stroke. It's often misunderstood - as anyone afflicted with aphasia would know.

So the best part of the verse: "...the Lord hears... ." I'm convinced that God hears one despite language problems, even despite one's silence or those who are struggling for words to speak. God hears you. When you are frustrated, God is close, ready to save "those who are crushed in spirit."

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